politics

Political Funding
6:26 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Washington Billionaires Staying Out Of State Politics This Year

Nine men and one woman from Washington state have made Forbes magazine’s latest list of American billionaires. The group of ten had an oversized influence on Washington state politics last year. But so far this year, they’re mostly sitting on the sidelines.

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Oregon Forest Bill Threatened
6:07 am
Thu September 19, 2013

White House Threatens To Veto Forest Bill

White house budget officials say they will advise the president to veto a logging bill the House is discussing this week.

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Transportation legislature
6:26 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Gov. Inslee - Special Session On Transportation Needed

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee calls for support for transportation spending
Credit John Ryan

Governor Jay Inslee said on Tuesday he wants to call a special session of the state legislature this fall. But he stopped short of actually doing so.

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Coal Exports
6:45 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Governor Inslee Talks Clean Tech And Coal Exports

Governor Inslee in the Governors Office moments before delivering his inaugural address in January. Writing a letter to the head of a clean energy company the Governor hopes will relocate to Washington.
Credit GovInslee

Governor Jay Inslee was in Arlington, Washington Wednesday to celebrate the opening of a new cleantech facility that will employ 70 people.

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GMOs
6:41 am
Tue August 20, 2013

GMO Labeling Backers Outspending Foes In Washington State

Dr. Bronner's text-heavy labels. The company is throwing its weight behind another kind of labeling.
Credit John Ryan

Backers of a Washington state ballot initiative to require labels on genetically modified foods have raised four times more cash than their opponents. Both sides’ contributions have mostly come from outside Washington state.

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Education
6:40 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Washington Is At “High Risk” Of Losing Federal Education Waiver

Washington and Oregon have been given one year to change the way they evaluate teachers or risk losing millions in federal education funding.

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U.S Visas
7:19 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Create 10 Jobs In The U.S Get A Green Card

Immigrant investors seeking U.S. visas financed the construction of this office and retail complex called "Home Plate Center" across from Seattle's Safeco Field.
Credit Tom Banse

What do these things have in common: an Idaho gold mine, a proposed wind farm in central Washington, a new hotel in Portland and the replacement floating bridge across Lake Washington?... They're all investment vehicles for well-to-do families seeking U.S. green cards. Under U-S immigration law, wealthy foreigners can get a green card by investing at least half a million dollars to create at least 10 jobs here. In the Northwest, an increasingly diverse range of projects are competing for such foreign investment.

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Northwest News
6:45 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Tensions At Public Pot Hearing

Marijuana Plant
Credit Vaporizers

Washington state expects to adopt final rules for the structure governing legalized marijuana under I-502 by next week. So officials with the state’s Liquor Control Board are touring the state to get feedback before the rules take effect.

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Immigration Reform
6:14 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Democrats Push Immigration Reform In Central Washington

Matt Martin/Northwest News Network. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) speaks to supporters of immigration reform in Yakima, Washington.

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 8:33 am

Supporters of the immigration overhaul that passed the U.S. Senate are drumming up support for the legislation in the Northwest. On Saturday, one of the Democrats taking the lead on the issue in Congress spoke to a crowded church in Yakima, Washington.

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NWPR Books
8:13 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Elevator Pitch: Why Care About Washington?

wbeem via Flickr

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 8:24 am

­­My friend Mark Leibovich — a New York Times reporter — has written a book about the inner watchworkings of Power Washington called This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Capital. Among the incestuous cognoscenti of the Capital City, This Town has more buzz than a top-bar beehive.

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